Not wanting to leave T Rex (Tim Wilding) out, I should mention that he too will be rocking a new steed for the Huka XL, but unlike Samara's, his has clown wheels and is made of plastic. Well, carbon actually, and as you can see from these pics it's a pretty sweet build. Tim says his gear selection and cadence hasn't changed at all on his new Santa Cruz Tallboy with the switch to 29er wheels which can only mean one thing; he's going faster than normal. And unlike the rest of the pro field racing at the Huka XL, Mr Rex has a little extra riding on it. You see he works for Contact (Taupo's main sponsor) and I'm sure there is pressure round the water cooler to back up his Lake Hawea Contact Epic first place with a second win in Taupo (he did take the win at the inaugural event). So it looks like Cabin and T Rex will be battling it out for 29er supremacy this weekend which will be very interesting to watch (not that I'll be able to see from the back of the field...).
Francois Bally-Maitre takes the title at the third Andes Pacifico.
The dry, dusty Cairns course was blown to pieces by Sunday afternoon but that just added to the excitement, as the big home crowd was hoping for a yellow and gold winner, but it was to be heartbreak on all fronts!
The UCI World Champs in Cairns kicked off with the XC events and the Kiwis put in a great team effort, lead by Sam Gaze who claimed his second consecutive rainbow jersey
After a long and illustrious career Justin has decided to hang up his racing shoes in favour of spending time with his family and developing their new bike-centric property near Blenheim... Good luck mate and thanks for all the good times
Semenuk is back for the five-peat at the Red Bull Joyride. 12 massive features, the biggest crowd of the year and a stacked field, what more could you ask for at the iconic Crankworx Slopestyle
The Aussies thrive in the dry dusty conditions and Blenki's hot Whistler form continues as he bags another Silver in the Canadian Open DH at Crankworx
One of the best spectator events of Crankworx, the Pump Track Challenge went down last night in Whistler with some familiar faces in the mix but also a new one...check it out